Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee share an inside look into the cluttered brains of compulsive hoarders. Through profiles of their patients, the authors, both of whom have studied hoarding for years, provide a comprehensive view on the disorder that leaves its sufferers buried in junk—and sometimes literally trapped in their own homes.
Tonight marks the grand finale of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, the reality show that finds the British chef teaching families about childhood nutrition and attempts to make over the unhealthy habits of a rural elementary school.
Sarah Kliff's article describing the graying of the abortion-rights movement has started a really smart, useful online discussion about the status of that movement.
Yesterday, Eve Conant reported on the difficulties same-sex couples face when they seek to end their partnerships. In some cases, partners who get married in one state find themselves unable to get divorced in another (most states have no residency requirements for marriage, but do for divorce).
When Tiger Woods scored a hole in one on the seventh hole at the Masters this Sunday, he threw his hands up in a small celebration. For an instant, the strained look he'd been wearing for most of the tournament passed, but even though that shot put him back in the running for the green jacket, he didn't seem jubilant.
Ten years after her minor role in an international drug ring, Piper Kerman leaves her bourgeois, lefty, New York City lifestyle for a 15-month stint in a minimum-security federal prison. In her new memoir, she chronicles surviving her year in the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn., and coming to terms with her past bad behavior.
Liz Lemon, the fictional TV writer at the center of NBC's hit show 30 Rock, is often cited as an example of the modern-day working woman and the face of modern feminism.
Earlier today, we (along with a lot of other Web sites) poked fun at Rep. Hank Johnson's assertion that, were the U.S. to relocate naval personnel to Guam, "my fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize." Over at The Gaggle, we called it the quote of the day, noting that "Guam is 212 square miles with a population of 175,877 (2008 estimate)." Now we've come across information that makes the statement seem a lot less funny.
While national attention was focused on the release of CBO numbers on the proposed health-care-reform bill (or, more likely, NCAA basketball), gay activists kicked off a campaign of civil disobedience that has already resulted in several arrests.
ESPN reports that Tiger Woods's days of sex-rehab hiatus are coming to a close. According to a statement released Woods, he'll be back on tour in time for the Masters, which takes place next month. "I have undergone almost two months of inpatient therapy and I am continuing my treatment," Woods said in his statement. "Although I'm returning to competition, I still have a lot of work to do in my personal life." That's a slightly different tune than the one he was robotically singing last month...
While direct sales presents a potential career path for Americans looking for work, most of the growth for companies like Tupperware and Avon is happening abroad—specifically, in emerging markets like Africa and Indonesia.
Early reports indicate that a shooting on the University of Alabama in Huntsville campus has left three people dead and one wounded, and that an unidentified female is currently in custody.
Yes, Bill Clinton has had a heart attack heart problems in the past. And yes, Clinton loved his cheeseburgers. But the two stents that he received today might have more to do with heredity than habits.
'Forgive Me for Being Blunt': AIDS Activists and Viva Glam Spokesmodels Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper's Slightly NSFW Interview
Yesterday, Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga were announced as the new spokeswomen for the MAC Viva Glam campaign. As spokespeople, both Lauper and Gaga have designed signature lipstick colors (Gaga's is an icy, bubblegum pink; Lauper's is a warm, striking red), on sale for $14 each.
On Friday, NEWSWEEK's Sarah Ball and Kate Dailey discussed the controversy over the Lindsey Vonn Sports Illustrated cover as part of a rapid-fire roundtable discussion on Tumblr.
Here's the bad news: the one unifying theme of this year's Super Bowl ads (aside from panstlessness) was stone-cold misogyny. Men trading their wives for tires, men eschewing island rescue in favor of hot-tub time with some sexy stewardesses, men unwillingly being dragged away from the electronics section and forced to comment on candle scent with their lingerie-shopping sweeties.
Along with Sharon Begley's fantastic look the placebo effect and antidepressants, this week's magazine also has an infographic compiled by Begley and Sarah Kliff on how often the placebo effect makes an appearance in medicine.
According to The Washington Post, President Barack Obama is going to call for the repeal of the military's ban on openly gay members, otherwise known as "don't ask, don't tell." This was a big campaign promise, and one that many hoped would be completed within the president's first 100 days.
When I was 7, my best friend and I decided we wanted to start either a detective agency or a Tommy Page fan club. I can't quite remember what, but either way, we needed to get some notebooks to make things official.
More H1N1 Vaccine Recalled, For the Best Reason One Would Want a Vaccine Pulled Off the Shelves (But Still ...)
Another batch of H1N1 vaccine has been recalled, this time the nasal-spray version made by AstraZeneca. According to the FDA, 4.7 million doses of MedImmune were recalled yesterday.
The Boss, via his Web site: Like many of you who live in New Jersey, I've been following the progress of the marriage-equality legislation currently being considered in Trenton.
Sexting has become so serious that cell-phone companies are now creating public-service announcements for the specific purpose of dissuading teenagers from sending one another racy messages.
Over at the Human Condition, I posted a defense of Max Baucus—or rather, a defense of Melodee Hanes, the woman who somehow lost all of her credibility, intellect, and experience because her boyfriend happens to be a senator. (Maybe it has to do with the terminology: "boyfriend" and "girlfriend" instantly manages to make both parties sound like horny high-school seniors.) As I write in the post: It's entirely possible that Ms.
Last week, and for most of her career, Melodee Hanes was a talented litigator. This week, she's a mistress and a health-reform killer. Hanes, of course, is the romantic partner of Montana Sen.
At The Human Condition, we like to provide commentary on the week's news and events as they relate to medicine, health, and life. Sometimes, however, there are items for which no comment is necessary.
Now, the women's magazine is branching into other aspects of epidemiology: namely swine-flu prevention. In the December issue, Cosmo calls H1N1 "the virus everyone's talking about" (OMG!